Korea – The Forgotten War

"A forgotten war"


‘Korea- The Forgotten War’ is a project that uncovered the stories of service personnel who fought in the Korean War from 1950-53.

"It is often hard to convey the experiences of those who lived through extraordinary events and so the work of the Legasee Educational Trust in collecting hundreds of hours of first-hand testimony is truly a stunning achievement"
Suon Jon Ji, Defence Attache of the Republic of Korea

Over the course of a year, Legasee filmed interviews with 50 Veterans who took part in the Korean War. Individually each account is a fascinating, first-person testimony on conflict; collectively they form the largest, freely available, video archive of the British involvement in the Korean War, anywhere in the world.

"It is so important what you are doing here. So that people remember in the future. I mean I don't think children would even know what the Korean War was without projects' like yours" Les Simpson, Korean Veteran

Legasee created ties with the Korean community to design a symbol of remembrance for the Korean people and involved local volunteers in curating an exhibition hosted by Tameside Local Archive and Study Centre. We worked with Corrie Primary School in Denton, Longdendale High School in Hollingworth and a Korean Saturday School, creating learning materials, running a series of sessions about the Korean War, and giving young people the chance to undertake their own interviews with the Veterans. Working with our partners at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, we developed a nationally accredited Arts Award for young people aged 5-25 based on the creative skills that make up every Legasee project.

"They got us all together on the troopship and they were saying, you are going out to join other Royal Marines and form 41 independent commando for Korea. And everybody practically without fail, turned and said to their oppo…’ where is Korea?’" Cyril Blackman, Royal Marines Commando



Legasee’s exhibition at the Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne gave local people the opportunity to see some of our work and find out for themselves how British service personnel from the North West found themselves fighting in the Far East.

At the end of World War Two, the Korean peninsula was divided. On the 25th June 1950 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army invaded the South. Fearing the spread of communism, America came to the defence of South Korea, calling on other United Nation countries to support them. 100,000 British servicemen and women served in the conflict.

"I would like to extend my thanks to the Legasee Educational Trust for hosting this wonderful exhibition and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their important work in supporting this endeavour" Suon Jon Ji, Defence Attache of the Republic of Korea

"Really interesting and well-researched subject, which often gets lost in the widely covered WW1 and WW2 conflicts. ‘Lest we forget!’" Visitor


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